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Test Rugby Results - November 15th weekend

If I were in charge of Australia I'd definitely have Cooper at 10. I believe he's rubbed coaches and team-mates up the wrong way in the past, but he can't be that much of a tosser! Easily their most creative and dynamic playmaker.

1 Month, 2 Days ago

France name unchanged side after five try win over Fiji

Classic Fiji for the last try - bloody love to see that coast-to-coast stuff.
Best moment for me - Tikoritima (sp?) hand off around the 1:20 mark.

1 Month, 4 Days ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

Excellent comment mate, agree with every word of that.
I felt like Brian Moore watching Toby Flood a few years ago (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTQWT-B0EBw) during that second half...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

Thank you Kiwi in Aus, whiteafrican and bloblabli.
You learn something new every day...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

I think Nige could hear the TMO and decided to over-rule him based on his viewing of the replay. This in my opinion - based on the fact that Nigel Owens was clearly correct - is good, strong leadership and refereeing.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

The fact that Owens has attracted criticism from both sides illustrates two things:
1) On balance he probably got it about right.
2) The game of rugby is very fast following football down the toilet with all the bitching and moaning about refs.

Having said that, I do share the concern over undue influence from TV producers. There does need to be a rational and sensible debate about it and guidelines made. My view is that replays should only be shown in the stadium if requested by the ref and more real-speed footage used instead of the super-slow-mo which often distorts facts.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

Is there a reason why Whitelock's try was not disallowed by coming round the side of the ruck? That's what I saw at the time, which would make the grounding of the ball irrelevant. Penalty to England.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

McCaw was pinged on a number of occasions including giving away three points in the second half. I actually felt while watching the game that interestingly enough Offside Rich's invisibility cloak had finally slipped.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Referee decisions in spotlight as New Zealand prove too good for England

Whilst I agree with you in theory, I remember that incident and felt it was excellent use of the video replays available. Yellow would have been the wrong call; Garces had the balls and intelligence to make the correct decision based on the evidence available.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

The Steven Luatua Quarterback Lineout throw against Australia

After the first sentence I was expecting a very different and more entertaining story.........

1 Month, 1 Week ago

 
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